According to The Athletic, the deal is worth an initial £64 million, with add-ons extending it to initial £85 million. Nunez has signed a six-year contract that will see him stay at Liverpool till 2028.
Described by teammates as a “mix of [Edinson] Cavani and [Luis] Suarez,” Nunez’s signing offers Jurgen Klopp a kind of versatility in attack that Liverpool has been lacking since the German’s arrival at the club.
While Liverpool have played, and indeed thrived on, a false 9 set-up with Roberto Firmino traditionally and Sadio Mane of late playing the role.
Nunez, however, is much more of a traditional centre forward than any player in Liverpool’s current attacking line-up. Capable of timing runs to perfection, drifting wide, and finding space within the box, the 22-year-old’s simplicity in Klopp’s system could potentially work wonders. The Uruguayan, however, is expected to require time to settle in, both in the Premier League and in England, where he faces a language barrier.
Nunez, who turns 23 next week, finished last season as the top scorer of Primeira Liga, with 26 goals to his name in 28 appearances. The Uruguayan managed to score a total of 34 goals in 41 appearances for Benfica across all competitions, a record that not many strikers in Europe’s top six leagues can boast of.
Liverpool, who beat the likes of Manchester United to secure Nunez’s signature, will be hoping for the Uruguayan to replicate his form in the Premier League next season.
Indeed, Liverpool, who have fought it out with Manchester City for the league title over the past several seasons, will expect to face stiff competition from Pep Guardiola’s men, especially with the Citizens landing the likes of Erling Haaland, who promises to deliver goals by the dozen a season.